The Ducks first picked up right wing Andrew Gordon. Gordon, 25, played in nine games with the Washington Capitals last season. He spent the rest of his time in the AHL with the Hershey Bears. Gordon was selected to the 2011 AHL Eastern Conference All-Star team (scored two goals in the All-Star Game). Anaheim has signed Gordon to a two year contract.
Next, the Ducks picked up Bryan Rodney to a one year contract. Rodney, 27, appeared in three games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season. Like Gordon, he, too, spent the majority of time in the AHL. Rodney, a defenseman, set career highs in goals, assists and points with Charlotte.
Jean-Francois Jacques rounds out the free agent acquisitions by the Ducks. Jacques, 26, spent most of the season with the Edmonton Oilers (51 games) and a handful of games with their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. Jacques, a left-wing, signed a two-way contract, as did Gordon and Rodney.
All three players are likely to spend time in Syracuse next season and have certainly helped bolster Anaheim's AHL affiliate. The club in Anaheim is still holding steady while other teams around them have made moves to improve their roster.
In other news, Dan Sexton, who had been made a qualifying offer, has elected for arbitration rather than accept the qualifying offer. Arbitration occurs in August and hopefully both sides can come to an agreement before then.